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15 February 2012 Polymer optical fibres: conventional and microstructured fibres
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Polymer optical fibres (POF) have historically focused on applications in data transmission over short distances, using highly multimode step-index or graded-index fibre designs. This paper will focus on a qualitatively different type of polymer fibres - microstructured polymer optical fibres (mPOF) - which allow a wider variety of fibre designs and optical properties to be achieved. Fibres with similar properties to conventional step- and graded-index POF can be made for data transmission applications, as well as single-mode fibres which can be used for grating inscription and gratingbased sensing. The use of microstructures can also be extended to longer wavelengths for the transmission of THz radiation, and both solid-core and hollow-core mPOF-based THz waveguides have been demonstrated. Finally, the development and extension of mPOF to form metal-dielectric structures for the manufacture of metamaterials using fibre-drawing methods will be discussed. Such drawn-metamaterials with electric and magnetic responses at THz frequencies have been demonstrated.
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Alexander Argyros, Sergio G. Leon-Saval, Richard Lwin, Richard Provo, Stuart G. Murdoch, John D. Harvey, Jessienta Anthony, Rainer Leonhardt, Alessandro Tuniz, Boris T. Kuhlmey, and Simon C. Fleming "Polymer optical fibres: conventional and microstructured fibres", Proc. SPIE 8237, Fiber Lasers IX: Technology, Systems, and Applications, 82370X (15 February 2012);

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